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Dave Cooper 629/04/2021 19:14:29
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Michael - do you know what metal the hull is made from - steel, aluminium, brass etc. - this should point you in the direction of a repair scheme...?

I would start looking at the more obvious areas eg prop shaft outlets, rudder posts etc. for leaks. Try slowly pouring water into the hull and see where it comes out. Tipping the hull fore and aft and across the beam could also help to localise the leak(s).

2-pack epoxy, and other modern adhesives, can work wonders once you've found the areas of leakage.

Good hunting,


M Harvey29/04/2021 21:23:46
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I have removed some earlier repair work that contained the point of entry of the water inside the boat and discovered some extensive damage and poor repair work in the past. I will upload a photograph tomorrow morning...

My feeling is that it will be important to stop the ingress from the outside and am considering using <> in red (below the waterline) in keeping with ships of this type and era. I'm hoping that as a liquid rubber paint it will seal the hull after a few coats.

Happy to hear all your thoughts!


M Harvey30/04/2021 08:33:05
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Hi Dave,

So I have uploaded some more images of the removed previous repair to the inside of the hull and some details of the metal outer hull.

Looks to be made from Brass??

It also looks like she has been torpedo from the rear now i have removed the previous repair work...

Any comments gratefully received.


M Harvey30/04/2021 08:34:10
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ashley needham30/04/2021 08:45:15
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Ooo er Michael! Scrape all that muck out, rough up the area and fibreglass/epoxy resin I think to fix that. Externally, just red oxide paint should do, although some epoxy run into any external cracks may be needed, although the resin from the fibreglassing should penetrate those.

Bushy park 1hr 25 mins away according to google. Sunday Tuesday mornings, get there before 10 usually as it can get busy. Loo/catering on site. Entrance opp Hampton court palace lion gate. Car park 30 sec walk to pond.


Dave Cooper 630/04/2021 16:38:45
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Yes, Ashley's scraping method sounds like the way to go.

You may need to go easy in places though as you could go straight through ! I would do a couple of test patches first, then come back to us with some more photos. (It may just be brass-plated steel or similar...)


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